The Creative Space Summer Camp is set to kick off on July 31, providing students the opportunity to explore and learn various technological skills.
The two-week programme by Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU)’s Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) offers “an innovative computing learning experience to primary and middle school students”.
The QCRI said on its website that the camp, which will run until August 11 at its Creative Space Lab at the HBKU Research Complex in Education City, will engage participants in a variety of interactive sessions such as robotics, programming, web design, and other areas of computational thinking.
The activities are geared towards teaching coding, electronics, and computational thinking, and foster creativity, innovation, problem-solving, and teamwork.
For Web design, the focus will be on its fundamentals and allows students in grades 7-10 to create several webpages using HTML (hypertext markup language) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).
“These webpages will be hosted on an educational platform so that they can keep a running portfolio of their creative projects, and easily share their work with the world,” the QCRI noted.
Part of the programme includes teaching students from grade 3-5 on the basics of robotics building and programming using Lego’s WeDo 2.0.
Participants will “discover how engineering and programming work together to make exciting creations”.
Other topics are the basics of 3D designing and how to use TinkerCAD, machine learning, filmmaking (using mobile devices), and programming using the BBC micro:bit, the QCRI added.
The institute provides “students with an environment that empowers them to develop their talents in the fields of computer science and engineering and enables them to create and implement their creative projects”.
The QCRI noted that the Creative Space, which was formed in 2017, serves as its education centre and “a platform that provides K-12 students with knowledge, space, tools and mentorship to foster creativity, innovation and teamwork”.
“Through a combination of interactive lessons, collaboration, and independent project work, the Summer Camp will instill the skills that students need to pursue future careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM),” QCRI noted. “QCRI faculty will be on hand to mentor students while teaching the most in-demand computing skills, bringing the collaborative, innovative Creative Space learning culture to life.”
Previous editions of the Summer Camp also offered similar courses such as the basics of programming in the Python language, 3D designing, how to use SolidWorks Apps for kids, and machine learning.